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frozen shrimp air fryer recipe

Frozen Shrimp in Air Fryer

Summer Yule
Air fryer frozen shrimp is a high protein entrée that is low carb, keto, low calorie, dairy free, and gluten free.
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, British
Servings 4
Calories 80 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1-1½ lbs raw frozen shrimp (454-680 grams; peeled, tail-on)
  • dipping sauce of choice (optional)
  • lemon wedges (optional)

Instructions

  • Place frozen shrimp (do not thaw!) in a single, non-touching layer on two air fryer trays. I was able to fit 1 lb. (454 grams) of 26/30 frozen shrimp on two trays or 1½ lbs. (680 grams) of 11/15 frozen shrimp. Put trays into air fryer oven.

To air fry extra large (26/30) shrimp:

  • Air fry for 9 minutes at 400°F (200°C). Flip the shrimp, and switch the position of the trays in the air fryer. Air fry 3 more minutes at 400°F (200°C).
  • Check to ensure the internal temperature of the shrimp has reached at least 145°F (63°C) with the meat thermometer, if you want to be extra cautious.
  • Small batch: If cooking a smaller batch of shrimp (½ lb./227 grams or less) on one tray (or in an air fryer basket), place the tray in the top rack position of the air fryer oven. Air fry for 10 minutes at 400°F (200°C).

To air fry colossal (11/15) shrimp:

  • Note: Jumbo and colossal shrimp overcook very easily in the air fryer! Cooking smaller-sized shrimp is recommended because they cook more evenly.
  • Air fry for 10 minutes at 400°F (200°C). Flip the shrimp, and switch the position of the trays in the air fryer. Air fry 7-9 more minutes at 400°F (200°C). My shrimp on the top rack were finished cooking at this point.
  • If the shrimp on the bottom rack are not fully cooked yet, flip them once more and put them in the top rack position. Air fry for 2-4 more minutes at 400°F (200°C).
  • To be extra safe, use a kitchen thermometer to ensure the shrimp reached a minimum safe internal temp of 145°F (63°C). Unfortunately, your colossal shrimp may be overcooked at this point. A better way to check for doneness with shrimp this size is to cut one through at the thickest part. Fully cooked shrimp should have white, opaque flesh.
  • Serve your shrimp with dipping sauce and lemon wedges (if desired).

Notes

This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss). Shrimp is a lean protein that is low calorie, low carb, and delicious. Additionally, many of us aren’t getting the recommended amount of seafood in our diets. Including a little shrimp in our week can help get us closer to that goal. 
Here, we’ve air fried raw frozen shrimp (no breading). In general, shrimp without breading is a healthier choice than breaded shrimp or beer battered shrimp. (I can think of exceptions to this “rule,” but in dietetics there are often exceptions to general nutrition statements.) 
But why are plain shrimp so much better? Breaded or battered shrimp are often made with white flour. This can add a lot of calories without also adding much in the way of protein or essential vitamins and minerals. 
Additionally, battered or breaded shrimp from the store is often loaded with highly refined added oils. Many of these products also contain added sugar.  
When you skip the breading, you also remove all the white flour, sugar, and oil. All you’re left with is the delicious shrimp, and that’s a good thing. While store-bought breaded and battered shrimps count as ultra-processed foods, plain shrimp does not. 
Shrimp without breading also happens to be keto and low carb friendly. (This is yet another case where going keto eliminates the highly processed, high calorie option. It happens a lot!) 
Serve your shrimp with lots of non-starchy vegetables (without a lot of oil) to keep the meal low carb and low cal. Add veggies, plus crackers and cheese alongside the shrimp for a higher calorie meal. 
 
Nutrition information for one serving of extra-large shrimp without dipping sauce. 

Nutrition

Calories: 80kcalProtein: 19gSodium: 371mgPotassium: 113mgCalcium: 4.7% DV
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